10 Things I Don’t Want to Talk About

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I’m very nervous. On October 11 I have to talk at Barry Ritholz’s conference, “The Big Picture”.  There’s a saying in poker,”When you look around the table and you can’t find the fish, it means you’re the fish”. When I look down the list of speakers at Barry’s conference, one thing becomes clear to me:

I’m the fish.

I’ve got a couple of other things going against me. For one thing I wrote a post about “11 ways to be a great speaker”.  So it’s like I took a gun and just shot myself in the head right before the talk. Expectations will be high so I need to use this post to drastically lower them.

The other problem is “theme”.  I once asked Barry how he writes three or four posts a day for his blog. His blog is very popular. He shows me the stats. He get’s 5-6x the traffic I get.

“I write about whatever I’m angry about that day,” he told me.

(wait for it. there's a reason)

And Barry is always angry. The last time I saw him he was ranting about some conve

rsation he had that morning with the insurance company and he grew that into a whole rant on how bad the entire insurance industry was. I just kept nodding my head. What else is there to say?

I think the time I got together with him before that he was…ranting about the insurance industry! He had ANOTHER conversation with someone from the insurance company. Were they the same company? I have no idea!

These women in India at the call center don’t even know what they are dealing with when Barry R calls.

Barry gets angry about lots of things. The economy, stocks, the government, unemployment. So when he has a blog and a conference called “the Big  Picture”, presumably these are the topics he wants people to discuss. Today in his blog he talks about mortgages interest deductions, FDIC bank failures, the growing difference between the rich and the poor, and on and on. He’ll take a great stat/chart built usually by an informed source, and then he provides his angry rant on it. That’s “The Barry Method”.

Here’s the problem:  I don’t want to talk about any of these things. Particularly in a room filled with people smarter than me. The economy, stocks, the government, unemployment, the mortgage situation, insurance, bank failures, rich/poor. That’s eight things. I’m sure if I read Barry’s blog a little more I’ll find two more things I’d be terrified to talk about. I can rant also about all these things. But what if I say something stupid? Then everyone in the room will be like, “That James Altucher. He’s just being crazy. Let’s get the real speakers on. What…is he going to do that Dow 20,000 prediction again? Barry will rip him to shreds and everyone will laugh.”

So I have some ideas of other things to talk about:

A)     Vitamin Wine. I actually had a dream last night about Barry. I think it’s because I’m so nervous about this talk. Alec Baldwin and I were presenting a business idea to him. Alec was very excited in that 30 Rock way of his. Vitamin Wine. Sort of like Vitamin Water except you get drunk. “50 Cent made $400 million on Vitamin Water”, Alec and I both were saying to Barry. But it was a younger Barry. Like in his Facebook picture. And he kept eating, chewing his food in front of us while Alec and I were presenting. Very rude, Barry!

B)      The EyePad. You’d heard of the ipad, right? It didn’t even exist two years ago (heck, one year ago you could barely get one) and now it’s completely changed computing and I’m dying for my ipad 3. Well, it just so turns out I’ve spec-ed out my own version that I call the EyePad:

  1. you gouge out one of your eyes.
  2. Your new eye is sort of like a Steve Austin bionic eye. What? You might say. Wait for it..
  3. There’s a ton of research that brain scans can determine what a person’s intentions are, or whether they are depressed (and what kind of depression, happy, etc). We’re not that far away from a brain scan being able to tell if we are thinking of the letter “A” versus the letter “B”.    Here’s how it would work: You get the brain scans of 10,000 people thinking hard about the letter “A”. Then 10,000 people thinking hard about the letter “B”, etc. Now I take your brain scan and use basic statistics to match it to the brain scans that most resemble your brain scan. If your bran scans most resembles the As then chances are you were thinking of the letter “A”. This is not rocket science. This is the next generation of what is already happening.
  4. Using a chip installed in my brain, the EyePad is constantly taking my brain scan. Then, if I start spelling out a word it starts looking it up on Wikipedia (via universal WiFi, whatever.)
  5. With my optic nerves now hooked up to the EyePad instead of an actual eye I can read the Wikipedia page of whatever I’m thinking about. I would be the most sought after conversationalist at cocktail parties.
  6. But think of the other uses: if I stare longingly at a McDonalds then, BAM, I start to see a coupon that entices me to get a free fries with a Big Mac if I walk into that McDonalds. Get the FourSquare guys on the phone, stat!
  7. If I just LOOK at a girl I can instantly follow her on twitter (see recent tweets), friend her on Facebook (if she looks back at me with her EyePad) and rummage through all her photos and see if we have mutual friends/interests we can discuss, check out her LinkedIn profile so I know her employment history, and heck, even do a search on any court liens assessed against her.

C)      The Star Trek Food Replicator. Who wouldn’t want to talk about that? Here’s the basic idea:

  1. You find an edible but tasteless substance. Sort of like a firm tofu. I would rather even more tasteless and with less ingredients (tofu is soy. Maybe some people don’t want an all-soy diet). But let’s start with very firm tofu.
  2. You use a 3D printer. 3D printers are getting better at exponential speed. I just read about a guy who made a stroller using a 3D printer.
  3. I type “chicken” into the 3D Printer.
  4. It “prints” the Tofu into a chicken shape
  5. Then a process at the end (not yet invented) injects chicken flavoring, gravy, protein and whatever other vitamins comes from chicken.
  6. Finally, the chicken is heated up (either microwave or baked).  Nobody would be able to tell the difference between this and real chicken. And the only thing you’d ever have to shop for is enormous vats of the tofu-like substance that is developed for the printer.

The technology is all pretty much invented already. Why don’t I have a Star Trek Food Replicator in my house right now? I’d rather have that than cable TV, for instance (you know, if someone was holding a gun to my head and I had to make a choice).

[See also, 4 things I learned from the Star Trek Animated Series]

D)     Solution to the US obesity problem.  There’s about 10,000 spinning classes happening every day around the world. Maybe more. Throw in aerobics classes, etc. A spinning class burns away between 500 and 1000 calories per person. Let’s say, for simplicity stake, 1000 calories times 10 people per class. So that’s 10,000 calories a day being burned in a single spinning class.

What happens to those calories? Answer: nothing. They just disappear into the air. Or something. I don’t even know. Do I look like a scientist to you? But I do know this: that 1000 calories equals about 4.1 watts (not exactly. 1000 calories equals 4.1 joules, which are watts/second). The average house uses 24,000 watts a day.

Someone should create a machine storing up the energy generated in these spinning classes. Then, whoever loses the most body fat at the end of the month, gets that energy delivered to their house through the SmartGrid of their utility company. This will save almost half their utility bill a month (basically a tax deduction, which helps stimulate the economy) and will give people incentive to lose weight. BAM! Two problems solved at once. How can you not love that?

 

It’s Monday morning on Labor Day as I write this. Claudia just sent me an email from some other room in this house asking me if I could make French Toast. A couple of points here:

–          If I had an EyePad and a food replicator I can just think about it and 10 minutes later the French toast will be all ready.

–          I just learned how to make French toast yesterday for the first time in my life. 43 years old and it took this long to learn how to make my favorite food. Of course, I didn’t quite follow the directions. I put in more eggs and more vanilla than recommended and it tasted great. I was never very good at following directions in chemistry class and if you are Wolfgang Sprie (my old  Chemistry partner) then I deeply apologize about the the “D”we both probably got. At least, I got it, so I assume you got it as well since you stopped speaking to me afterwards even though I thought we were best friends.

And this also means I still don’t have any more ideas for my talk for Barry’s. The other thing I was thinking of doing was talking ONLY about the economy but doing it entirely while hula hooping so at least if people think to themselves, “Man, that James Altucher is a clown” they’d have a damn good reason to.

 

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  • Al

    “But I do know this: that 1000 calories equals about 4.1 watts (not
    exactly. 1000 calories equals 4.1 joules, which are watts/second). The
    average house uses 24,000 watts a day.”

    Actually, when talking about food “calories”, what is actually meant are kilocalories (kcal) and 1000 kcal equals about 4.1 Megajoules (or 1.1 kWh*;Watts are Joules/Second).

    To summarise: If your average household usage estimate is correct, then the calories burnt by a single person at a spinning class could power an entire household for a day!  If you’ve got 10 people per class and 10,000 classes around the world, that’s enough to power a reasonably large town or small city.

    * As an aside the kiloWatthour (kWh) is one the dumbest units of measurement I have ever encountered and I’m baffled why energy companies persist in using it.

    • jja808

      Once again Al Gore has to kill my buzz. You should have fought W harder….

    • http://twitter.com/giorgiosironi Giorgio Sironi

      It’s 24 kWh of consumption, and 1.1 kWh of production. Not to mentioning that is a pretty intense workout and that the efficiency of small alternators let you convert into electricity only 50% of the energy.
      This reminds me of the time the author proposed that the US forgive their national debt to themselves, while foreigners already hold a third of it.

      • http://economicdisconnect.blogspot.com/ GYSC

        I think “The Matrix” has covered using humans as batteries, just sayin.

      • http://economicdisconnect.blogspot.com/ GYSC

        I think “The Matrix” has covered using humans as batteries, just sayin.

      • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

        Actually, Giorgio, assuming you read that article I only proposed that the Federal Reserve forgive the debt. And that would’ve solved the debt ceiling issue.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U2G6L6LFHAZOSWWTIDOX2DCOP4 Russell Taylor

    NO WAY! James I was talking about the spin bike idea about 2 weeks ago in the work truck! I live near Seattle and everyone around here is jogging, doing yoga and TONS of spin bike classes I was thinking how “Go Green” it would be to the customers if they could see how much power they had generated with their class. Regardless of how effective it was for producing electricity I thought it would be amazing marketing to anyone shopping in the neo-hippy Seattle area for a spin bike class.

  • juliejulie

    Yes on the hula hooping. It will be disruptive!

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Hmm, i might have to start practicing.

  • jja808

    Your obesity cure is great. I have thought of that so many times at the gym, when you look around see people struggling on bikes, treadmills, stair-climbers, etc. All of that energy could be harnessed, but I am sure it will never happen because it is such a good idea and it actually makes perfect sense. Great post.

  • shq

    James, what are your thoughts on Green tech & cloud computing? would be interesting to hear what you have to say about those..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7W7BRK25PMITFB4LQFXLFJOWU JohnL

    Having people produce energy with stationary bikes already happens but convincing people to ride them will be the problem.If people won’t exert themselves now to lose weight what will motivate them to produce energy when they can just hit a switch?The automat was the closest to a food replicator we’ve had and they no longer exist.Odin gave up an eye for wisdom and came away with the wisdom to not give away his other eye.

  • http://twitter.com/ArtGow Art Gow

    Pedal power does exist… Not sure where the math above goes sideways, but here you go…”The average rider will produce between 125 and 300 watts using the Pedal-a-Watt.  While this may not seem like much power, many pieces of equipment draw very little power and can be powered for long spans of time with small amounts of power.  For example, a laptop only draws 70 watts so one 20 minute workout could run the laptop for over an hour.”- via Pedal-A-Watt… http://www.econvergence.net/electrofaqs.htm

  • Jarjar

    http://inhabitat.com/human-powered-gyms-in-hong-kong/

    50 watts an hour!  Gotta call Domino’s, I’m now a pizza powered home generator.

  • John H.

    You will be using your now famous slightly-drunken-public-speaking-technique. Why not create a new genre of investing and present it to the crowd:  ‘Drunken Investing’. Whereby an investor  envisions himself slightly drunk before researching or making a trade; you could also include elements of the martial art ‘Drunken Boxing’. With inhibitions slightly lowered in the retail investor using this technique the Dow would surely reach 20,000. More importantly it is antithetical to the angry mood of the public and financial bloggers alike.

    After all, why would you want to participate in this:

    “The terrible, cold, cruel part is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow there from all over the earth, and death comes with it. There, as nowhere else, you feel a total absence of the spirit: herds of men who cannot count past three, herds more who cannot get past six, scorn for pure science and demoniacal respect for the present.

    And the terrible thing is that the crowd that fills the Street believes that the world will always be the same, and that it is their duty to keep that huge machine running, day and night, forever.”

    Federico Garcia Lorca

    You may be in a room full of people that you think are smarter than you; but you know that their smarts are nothing more than a blindfold keeping them from leaving a prison of their own guilding. Drunken Investing (perhaps while hula hooping) may be the idea that distracts them enough to keep them from asking questions of which they already know the answer.

  • John H.

    You will be using your now famous slightly-drunken-public-speaking-technique. Why not create a new genre of investing and present it to the crowd:  ‘Drunken Investing’. Whereby an investor  envisions himself slightly drunk before researching or making a trade; you could also include elements of the martial art ‘Drunken Boxing’. With inhibitions slightly lowered in the retail investor using this technique the Dow would surely reach 20,000. More importantly it is antithetical to the angry mood of the public and financial bloggers alike.

    After all, why would you want to participate in this:

    “The terrible, cold, cruel part is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow there from all over the earth, and death comes with it. There, as nowhere else, you feel a total absence of the spirit: herds of men who cannot count past three, herds more who cannot get past six, scorn for pure science and demoniacal respect for the present.

    And the terrible thing is that the crowd that fills the Street believes that the world will always be the same, and that it is their duty to keep that huge machine running, day and night, forever.”

    Federico Garcia Lorca

    You may be in a room full of people that you think are smarter than you; but you know that their smarts are nothing more than a blindfold keeping them from leaving a prison of their own guilding. Drunken Investing (perhaps while hula hooping) may be the idea that distracts them enough to keep them from asking questions of which they already know the answer.

  • http://www.736hundred.tumblr.com 736hundred

    Can your presentation topic be anything you choose?

  • http://www.736hundred.tumblr.com 736hundred

    Can your presentation topic be anything you choose?

  • C. Martin

    Everything you just wrote is WAY more interesting than another person bitching about the economy, the government, banks, wars, etc. I’m sure you’ll be fine!

  • C. Martin

    Everything you just wrote is WAY more interesting than another person bitching about the economy, the government, banks, wars, etc. I’m sure you’ll be fine!

  • http://twitter.com/e_d_sanders ed sanders

    talk about process.

  • http://twitter.com/e_d_sanders ed sanders

    talk about process.

  • http://www.howardlindzon.com howardlindzon

    Lets do a bit together .  You bring the banjo and arrow through your head steve martin toy

    • Guest

       Leave James alone Howard !!  Grrrrrrrr !!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sagerock Sage Lewis

    I’m a new reader of yours. I’m not usually as compelled to read someone’s blog as I seem to be with you. Your transparency is your most compelling attribute. Maybe you could talk about where to draw the line in social media. Is there a line? Self hatred and suicide are very intimate topics. But you take them straight on. 
    Fear is another one you aren’t afraid of. 
    If you are as good in the spoken word as you are in written, I’m sure you will be highly engaging.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Sage, its a very interesting question. I have some lines I’ve drawn around myself. Maybe even too many. But anything that’s on the other side of the line, i go right to the edge.

  • David

    Talk about the difference in life now that you are famous.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      I don’t know. More like the opposite of famous.

      • http://www.zacharyburt.com/ Zachary Burt

        nothing wrong with being a z list celebrity

  • Anonymous

    I would go with “none of the above.”

    The theme is THE BIG PICTURE — and what you do well, James, is encourage others to turn everything on its head and see what shakes loose. I think thats how you should focus your topic. Here are the 3 best ideas I could come up with in 3 minutes:

    –Which sacred cow is ready for the grill?

    –How do innovators consistently defy conventional wisdom, succeed, and reshape the world in the process? Who are those innovators today? How do you spot the winners?

    –Is it time for a new currency not linked to nationality (or regionality in the case of the Euro)?

    I think these will play better than French Toast or energy created from stationary bikes.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Ok, I like those first two. Point taken.

      • Anonymous

        Let us know how it goes. And post video if you can!

  • James Langham

    Your exercise idea is interesting. However using the facts below I estimate that an hour of exercise would only generate about 7 cents worth of electricity. Maybe it would be more practical to arrange for your Health Insurance Company (or employer or Life Insurance company) to pay/refund premiums for verified amounts of exercise? I guess the actuaries could work out the details.

    1 Watt = 1 Joule/sec1 Calorie = 4.184 Joule
    1 kilowatt hour = 1000 Joules/sec * (3600 sec) = 3,600,000 Joules
    According to my power bill the cost of electricity is about $0.10 per kilowatt hour.
    According to the treadmill I burn about 600 kilocalories per hour.

    Value of electricity generated per hour on the treadmill: ~7 cents
    600,000 calories * (4.184 Joules/cal) * (1/3,600,000 Joules/kilowatt-hour) * (10 cents/kilowatt-hour) = 6.97 cents worth of electricity for each hour on the treadmill.

  • cindyluwho

    I was the president of speech club in high school. My specialty was impromptu speaking. They gave you a topic and then you had 2 min. to prepare a 5 min. speech. I was really good at it. There is one piece of advice I always found helpful. Speak TO the people….not AT the audience.

    Good Luck! I am sure you will rock.

  • Jsrsnk1

    How about “The Rational For and the Implications and Realities of Mass Universal Sovereign Default”

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Well, that I certainly wouldn’t talk about because its impossible. And I might fall asleep while talking.

      • Jsrsnk1

        You honed right in on the key!  Sleep.

        However, you’re target is the audiance.

  • James E. Miller

    Though I am pretty unfamiliar with many of the speakers at the Big Picture conference, I would do my talk on why trusting government officials to somehow fix the economy and financial system is horsesh!t.  How the Big Picture ranks as one of the top libertarian websites/blogs is complete nonsense.  But hey, that’s me.

  • Anonymous

    I think an easier solution to the obesity issue would be to put a 50% healthcare tax on all foods that contribute heavily to obesity/disease.  French fries, donuts, KFC, etc.  It wont terribly affect those who partake sparingly and it will deter those who binge.  And the obese people will be subsidizing their own healthcare costs throughout their lives.  Maybe we can also consider adding BMI to the tax scale so it isn’t entirely income based.

    • CD

      Did that work for tobacco, then?

      I like James’s suggestion. It makes it a big contest, and the prize depends on the players’ contributions. That’s cool.

      • Anonymous

        except that in the contest you are only getting people who are already taking action.  the bulk of america with an obesity problem doesn’t go to spin class or have a gym membership.  it’s a fun idea for those who go to class, but i dont think it really fixes anything.

  • bullbear365

    Here is THE topic for your presentation.  All debts across the globe, both institutional and individual are forgiven, and we all just start over.  We just start over with everything we have except the debt.  Everybody would default at the exact same time.   There is nothing to be afraid of if you think it through.  One big global default.  Who cares about the earth’s credit rating?  Martians?  Yes, many would lose money in the process, but it would all wash over time and growth would begin right away with all the money being spent on new stuff that used to go to debt payments.

    • Jsrsnk1

      Super. 

      Additionally, all those who lost “money” could be issued international vouchers to trade amongst themselves, or anyone else who might think it’s a good idea to have a few of these vouchers stashed away.

      The US Navy could deliver Chinas for us.

    • Guest

      OR.

    • APease123

      You’re going to reward people for racking up debt they couldn’t handle?

    • Erm325

      What about those of us with no debt? What do we get in the deal? Other than screwed out of the money we are owed?

  • http://www.736hundred.tumblr.com 736hundred

    Keep the stock market open 24/7, adopt the siesta, and move to a four day work week….

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      I bet a 1 day work week wouldn’t change GDP at all.

  • bullbear365

    OK, if your not up for global default, how about this.  All outstanding mortgages are foregiven.  Aren’t banks sitting on enough cash to survive?  and the US government would realize increased taxes by eliminating the mortgage interest deduction, for a time at least.  Instant economic growth.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      I like that.

      • terminalcitygirl

        well what about the lot of us who were smart enough to see the housing bubble for what it was and instead decided not to take on ridiculous amounts of debt for granite countertops? we’ve been rewarded by watching the interest paid on our savings accounts get kicked to the curb. bad decisions, be it by home owners or bank ceos should not be rewarded.

        • Guest

          What about the lot of “smart enough” people?

          Can you explain what are you asking in your question?

    • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.conley Adrian Conley

      No. They are not sitting on enough cash. Have you read the news about bank of america or any of the euopean bank? Theyre sunk from lack of capital. We don’t need more unfunded welfare.

      Additionally, if all mortgages are forgiven, where is this new revenue for the government going to come from? The nonexistant mortgage payments that are producing non existent interest?

  • Jsrsnk1

     Ok, here’s another try at a topic

    “The Origin and Resolution of Imbalances-Personal and Global”

    Basically, when a person isn’t happy or at least serene, their is an imbalance. Generally, why do these imbalances arise and how are they usually resolved. Then you simply have to draw paralels to the current global state of affairs. You’re a heck of a lot smarter than I James so the details should be a breeze.

    Not only does this have an element of “big picture” in it, it’s esoteric as hell.
     
    —and you’ve always got the Hula Hoop option 

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Yes, this I like. Although I doubtful on the smarter part.

      • Jsrsnk1

        Happy to perhaps been of some small service James. I’m sure they’ll love whatever you come with by then.

        Jerry

  • Anonymous

    You have “wait for it” one time too many in this post. Also, you could advertise Vitamin Wine to the sophisticated, higher-functioning alcoholic.
    Good luck with your speech.

  • Michael3223

    I saw that crazy eco actor ed begley jr get on his bike to make some toast..ask him

  • http://rendion.myopenid.com/ render

    My advice.  Dont show up.  Sit at home and listen to Pandora.  If you have nothing to say then why bother being there.  Would that be honest?

    Be honest dude.  

  • http://rendion.myopenid.com/ render

    Ill be honest, I dont think you have anything to say, so Im going to help you by saying.  Stop.  Dont go.  We have enough bullshit artists in the world.  You can choose to be one, or to stay home.  Stay home.  Be a force for good.

    Sometimes when people talk to me about hitler, I like to play the apathy card.  If Hitler had been apathetic or lazy, he would have done the world a service.

    Be apathetic.  Be lazy.  The last thing we need is more assholes telling us what to do in a genius forum.

  • Michael3223

    Could you provide some links to some of your favorite websites particularly those from the world of words /ideas/ videos sans investing sites?  Cheers!  This one if for your daughter if she likes “hoofers” -it’s intrepid Fat Boy..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hDGAvqwgdk

  • http://twitter.com/ajaxjones ajax jones

    Just get the hot hula teacher to distract them while you are on stage, job done.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FVAXY5OZTYZ2D35XXYJLNEJVBI Bullocks

    Hmmmm…3-D printed tofu chicken.  Sounds delicious!

  • skafti

    I can only remember three speakers from all the conferences I’ve attended over the years, and I only remember them because they were far and away more interesting and different than anyone I had ever seen.  I would imagine that Barry invited you to participate because you are exactly that.  So, even if you were to use the topic of the Dow to 20k again, he might be happy about it, because it would likely provide a moment (and conference) that no one is likely to ever forget.  So, my two cents… go for broke.  Be memorable, otherwise, what would be the point of doing the conference?  Take this blog post, for example.  I’m not soon to forget the EyePad, the ST food replicator, or your solution to the obesity epidemic…

    As for the EyePad… the brain scanning reminded me of IBM’s Watson computer and how it uses machine learning to improve it’s “intelligence” and how that “intelligence” can be used (http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/02/watson-machine-learning.html).  You could be on to something there and have a natural partner in IBM… eye gouging aside…

  • http://inspirationlocation.com Kath

    Your French Toast looks great.  Ever try making it with challah bread?  Try it! It kicks ass.

  • Hassan Abdelhalim

    Good Luck on the speech James! October 11th is my birthday! that counts for something right? Hope all goes well (or extremely extremely bad) during your speech because either makes for just as awesome of a story.

  • http://HireHassan.com Hassan

    Good Luck on the speech James! October 11th is my birthday! that counts for something right? Hope all goes well (or extremely extremely bad) during your speech because either makes for just as awesome of a story.

  • Bill Walker

    Vitamin wine is an ancient idea ( and a really good one, if you don’t like hangovers and liver damage)… there used to be a vitamin-fortified liquor called “hadacol”. The .gov banned it.

    • http://manonthestreet.com manonthestreet

      Isn’t Guinness draught supposed to be nutritious?

      • Anonymous

        Only Guinness in bottles  marked XXX is  nutritious. The draught is a much different product.

  • C Pennybrown

    Remember this:  only fools don’t like to see their ideas challenged.

    When I’m long a certain stock I love hearing the bear case against it.  Either it points out something I wasn’t aware of or it convinces me I need to buy more.

    Just take the other side of whatever is said.  People will thank you.

  • Marc Hansen

    here’s your “big picture”: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/09/07/rushkoff.jobs.obsolete/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

  • Hwharr

    Could http://www.ReRev.com help on the US obesity front?

  • Pfc. Parts

    Consider confronting the sage wisdom gathered at this upcoming fete with something truly important outside their comfort zone. Perhaps the burning questions of New Zealand’s commercial real estate markets? “Homosexual, wine-swilling, chain-smoking mice are apparently to blame for a second-hand smoke problem in Sir Robert Jones’ Wellington offices” says the New Zealand Herald.

    Bet they haven’t even heard of this looming threat to domestic tranquility. You’ll cut ’em off at the knees.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10748696

  • Brandonjsnider

    But, but, but…people don’t want to gouge out their eyes.

  • Brandonjsnider

    But, but, but…people don’t want to gouge out their eyes.

  • Raine

    I have a midterm paper due at 12, but I can’t stop reading your posts.
    James Altucher, why art thou so funny~

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Hmmm, you might have to skip that midterm paper!

  • Jon

    James,

    You may be on to something here, and even more so because of a possible error made in the interpretation of a calorie:

    Definitions of a calorie fall into two classes:

    The small calorie or gram calorie (symbol: cal) approximates the energy needed to increase the temperature of 1gram of water by 1 degree celsius. This is about 4.2 joules. (not yours)The large calorie, kilogram calorie, dietary calorie or food calorie (symbol: Cal or Kcal) approximates the energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 °C. This is exactly 1,000 small calories or about 4.2 kilojoules. (yours)

    I could use a team of 50 “spinners” to generate some real kW power. They could be directly hooked to my grid, they would lose weight, and I would lose my monthly energy bill. The FDA  understands this confusing calorie definition, but like to keep the folks ignorant so they will not understand the truth of their gluttony.

    Much mahalo,

    Jon